15/08/2022

Max Gawn is a prime captaincy option. Photo: Melbourne Demons FC

With upgrades starting to happen, injuries to key SuperCoach players a weekly occurrence and Covid playing its part, the captain choice is as critical as ever in Round 7.

With upgrades starting to happen, injuries to key SuperCoach players a weekly occurrence and Covid playing its part, the captain choice is as critical as ever in Round 7. The SuperCoach Sanctum PODcast has analysed the stats to give you our best options.

Max Gawn – $658,400

It is safe to say that big Max is back. After the sluggish start to the season had many rage trading him out, those who kept the faith have been rewarded with four straight 100+ scores and a three-round average of 138.

With Luke Jackson unavailable due to Covid, Gawn will take full responsibility in the ruck, and against the in-experienced ruckman Max Lynch of Hawthorn, Gawn is likely to dominate the hit-outs as well as around the ground. The 4.35 pm game on Saturday means you could work it to have Gawn as the VC, depending on your team setup. Either way, it looks like another big score is on the cards.

Jack Steele – $651,400

Speaking of players being back, Jack Steele certainly is! A score of 140 last week meant his score has increased each week this year and he now has four scores in a row over 120. Steele’s recent form against his opponent this week, Port Adelaide, is also very good, with a score of 145 last year.

The hot weather of Cazaly Stadium in Cairns should mean the fit run out the game better, so expect Steele to dominate right until the final siren and post another excellent score. The Saints play Saturday night, so if your VC fails, you can put the C on Steele with confidence.

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Clayton Oliver – $618,900

Who better to benefit from Max Gawn’s dominance in the ruck this week than Melbourne’s number one inside mid. Oliver was back to his SuperCoach best last week, scoring a whopping 168 against the Tigers.

Oliver is the 7th highest scorer overall and has scored 100+ in each of his last three games against the Hawks. He is not going to come much cheaper than he currently is either, so get him in, ride your luck and hope for another huge score!

Unique Captain’s Choice – Ben Keays – $591,700

Still in just 3% of teams, despite being only one of four players to score at least 100 in every round this year (Neale, Hewett and Sinclair are the other three). A 129 score last week, an average of 123 and playing at home on Saturday afternoon are all signs that point to the ton run continuing.

The Saturday timeslot also means that, if you have Keays, he could be the perfect unique VC option for Round 7.

Also Consider…

Callum Mills – $632,900 – Scored 214 last week. He is in form!

Jack Macrae – $684,400 – Had a down week last week, never has two of those in a row!

Jarrod Witts – $530,900 – 143 last week, averaging 115 and no Grundy to compete with this week.

And Avoid…

Andrew Brayshaw – $596,400 – expect the Cats to send O’Connor to Brayshaw to limit his influence.

Last Week’s Captaincy Selections

Neale 108, Brayshaw 104, Gawn 123, Parish 133 (Unique)

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